Hi, I’m Rachael!

I’m a young programmer who loves making things. At 24 I’ve been coding for the last 10 years of my life, and hope to be coding for as long as I live, whether that is as a hobby or as a career. I just can’t get enough of programming, and I don’t ever want to stop. I’ve taught myself everything I know, and will continue to learn as I progress through my career.

How’d I get started?

As a kid, I really wanted to develop video games, and you couldn’t shut me up about them (particularly Halo). Getting more into Shooters as I was growing up, and being totally in love with them back in Grade 6, I had to know more about them. Starting with the Yo Yo Games GameMaker, I made very simple drag and drop games. I learned to mod Halo on the PC, hack (singleplayer) games using CheatEngine, build computers, you name it. I was insatiable, and I wanted more.

Eventually I got into a game called Combat Arms, which was absolutely rampant with hackers. I wanted to know how to do that too, and so started my adventure into learning the absolute basics of C++. C++ was rather difficult to get anything “usable” in a short amount of time, and I eventually found out about C#. This was around the time I was playing a game called Garry’s Mod. I played this game in high school for pretty well all of my free time. Once I made my first tool for a community there, using C# and Windows Forms, I was absolutely hooked the moment someone gave me a feature suggestion. It mean’t someone was using my program!

After that point, you couldn’t keep me away. I learned how to mod Garry’s Mod, manage forums, mod forum themes, the list goes on. Python, Lua, Javascript, C#, Objective-C, C, F#, etc. I worked for a computer store in Grande Prairie, Alberta called AlbertaComputers.com where I did sales, tech work, and went through a lot of tech. This was where I picked up skills in Mac OS, Windows Server, Linux, game development, Photoshop, technical repair (software), and building computers.

In the last 5 years, I decided to double down and study Full Stack Development. First with React, ASP.Net, then with NodeJS and Angular. I specialized very heavily on full-stack web development, knowing that the Web touches almost every single industry in the world. Being a Web Developer, you get to see any industry in the world through the lens of a programmer solving a problem.

What do I want to learn next?

Honestly, I am growing increasingly interested in picking up GoLang. I’m not entirely certain what I want to do with the language, but I know that I want to use it. Perhaps I’ll actually work on those games that I have been mulling around in the back of my head for years?

Besides GoLang, I want to learn more about hardware. I’d ideally like to be able to make my own little arduino projects, and convert my home into a smart home with 100% my code / hardware designs.

What am I doing now?

I recently stumbled upon 2 separate philosophies that I am writing a book on. The complementary parts of Stoicism and Taoism for everyday life. It’s in the research phase right now, but I’m going to be keeping this website updated with information on its status. You can see the details here. It is going to be the culmination of all my self-work in the last year or two, and probably the next year, so that I can share what I’ve learned with the world.

On top of the Philosophy book I am currently researching, I am chasing after a fitness goal. I am exercising regularly because I want to reach 220 lbs of muscle by age 27. I’ve always found myself captivated by the level of dedication and effort involved in building muscle to such a degree, and I definitely want to do so myself to see what it’s like. Not to mention, it gives me a reason to really push myself when I am in the gym beyond just “general health”.

How can I contact you

Aspiring Programmers

If you are someone who is learning programming, whether that be in University or just on your own, the best thing you can do is add me on Discord (Rachael#3022). I have helped a lot of up-and-coming programmers these past few years, and it is really important to me that the path to becoming a programmer is demystified and accessible to people who have the will. I won’t be able to tutor you, but I will be able to point you in the direction you are interested in. Whether that be application, web, hardware, driver, or game programming, I have done my research for how to get into all of it. If you need help, and you’re hungry to give it a shot, reach out. I will point you where you need to go, give you project ideas, and help you get started.

Recruiters / Hiring

I’m currently not looking for a new role, but check back later?

General Inquiry

The best way to get a hold of me is via my email.